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If you're a local beer lover, there's no doubt you're familiar with Saint Arnold, the granddaddy of Houston's craft beer scene, and you might have already heard a bit of the story behind the creation of their newest beer, Boiler Room. A boiler-room mistake (hence the name) meant a batch of Lawnmower ... More >>
It's Divine Reserve release day once again and from the looks of traffic on Twitter, the madness is only growing. Lines were forming early at H-E-B locations as trucks began arriving around 8 a.m. New to Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve bottling this year are large-format bombers -- which will arrive ... More >>
In case you didn't know, we here in Texas are so far behind the curve when it comes to alcohol laws, we might as well be your grandmother trying to work The America Online. Other states literally look to Texas as the textbook example of how not to do things. It's an embarrassment, really. States li ... More >>
Have you been looking for a reason to make it down to Guru Burgers & Crepes in Sugar Land? Been meaning to check out Open the Taps and help the non-profit support craft beer-friendly legislation in Texas? Just want the first sip of the newest Saint Arnold brew? You can do all of these things in one ... More >>
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Taking a look back just four years to former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh's list of Top 10 Texas beers from 2008 shows what a difference a few years make. While the list holds some very solid selections, like Pale Moon and Live Oak Pilz -- as well as one carry-over to this list-- the sheer ... More >>
Eating...Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating...Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our read ... More >>
Home brewer David Rogers is the man responsible for Saint Arnold's latest Divine Reserve batch -- that's because Rogers's entry into the 16th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash won him the chance to have his recipe featured as the most recent Divine Reserve to be released by Houston's oldest craft brewery, ... More >>
The 12th series of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve was released this morning, an Old Ale recipe developed by local homebrewer David Rogers. And as with every Divine Reserve release, the hunt to find the few six-packs in Houston stores has intensified throughout the day. On Twitter, beer fans are tradin ... More >>
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A bite of banana in every beer.Just in time for Christmas, Buffalo Bayou Brewing hopes to release its first beer to the public: an 11 percent gingerbread Imperial stout that would be the toast of any Christmas dinner. For Thanksgiving, however, there are plenty of locally brewed beers that w ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseNow in its fifth year, the annual No Holds Barred Chili Cook-off at Shady Tavern has become a neighborhood institution in the Heights. This year -- appropriately enough -- the competition benefited the Houston Heights Association. The HHA itself also won Fan Favorite, whi ... More >>
Today Nicholas Hall tried St. Arnold's Divine Reserve #11 and loved it, like just about everyone else in Houston. Except, perhaps, commenter Bubbledome: Much ado about nothing - the later third of this review sounds more like an acid trip than a beer tasting. Sheesh... There are probably a ... More >>
Altared Amber on the left, regular Amber Ale on the right.It tastes like someone decorated Amber Ale for Christmas, the strong scent of cloves mixing with that signature caramel sweetness: This is Altared Amber, the second in local brewery Saint Arnold's "Moveable Yeast" series, in which the ... More >>
Brock Wagner carefully uncaps the first bottle of DR 1, being careful not to disturb the sediment on the bottom.Robb Walsh last did a vertical tasting of all the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve (DR) brews back in 2008, and three more DRs have been released in the ensuing years: DR 7, a Weizenbock ... More >>
Photos by John Seaborn GrayThe tasting hall at St. Arnold's BrewerySt. Arnolds's Brewery, at 2000 Lyons, is known for its steady release of fine local beer, but it's also known for its exclusive limited-run beers designed to keep Houston's beer lovers titillated. Last Thursday, I went to St ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresClick here for a slideshowThe third annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown took place at the brewery's brand-new location on Sunday afternoon, a day which closely resembled last year's Showdown in cold weather and cheerful competitiveness but not in food. While many of las ... More >>
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Last week, we trekked out to the old Saint Arnold brewery to watch as Phil Dagger and the rest of the line crew bottled the limited-run Divine Reserve #9, which will hit store shelves on December 1. (Oh, and we sampled a little. Just a little. Don't worry; we left some for you.) Halfway through gath ... More >>
We took one last trip to the old Saint Arnold brewery today for a very special occasion: Divine Reserve #9 is being bottled and brewed at this very moment, ready to hit store shelves on December 1. This particular batch of Divine Reserve was created by Nicholas Walther, a young bre ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThe rare creature herself, captured in the wildTo paraphrase Wayne Campbell, Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve No. 8 is "a fox. In France, she'd be called la renard. Hunted, with only her cunning to protect her." And hunted she truly is. The extremely limited-productio ... More >>
In anticipation of the upcoming release of St. Arnold’s Divine Reserve number seven, I participated in a vertical tasting of the six previous St. Arnold’s Divine Reserves yesterday. And what a wild ride it was. These quirky beers were manufactured as a creative outlet for St. Arnold’s brewers ... More >>
Saint Arnold's Brock Wagner Brock Wagner, the founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, was looking over the blueprints of the brewery’s new downtown headquarters when I stopped by to visit last week. Saint Arnold’s bought the former HISD food service headquarters at 2000 Lyons Avenue, just nor ... More >>